Sunday, September 24, 2023

Sun, Sep 24, 2023


Sunday, September 29, 2024 
Middlefork Farm Nature Preserve
4:00-7:00 p.m.

General Admission Reservations (Available for purchase on August 1)

General Admission Reservations (Reservations available through Thursday, September 21)
Our general admission guests will enjoy a community picnic and bring their own food, refreshments, chairs and blankets to enjoy the festivities on the field. 

Members: $50/adult, $25/child ages 6-17, 5 & under free
Non-members and Day of walk-in: $75/adult, $35/child ages 6-17, 5 & under free

No refunds. Rain or shine. Non-LFOLA drone footage prohibited.
Refund policy | Photo policy

We hope you enjoy this video recap of the 2023 Bagpipes & Bonfire event!

Patron and General admission reservations are closed.
Day of event entry is $75/adult, $35/child (ages 6-17) and 5 & under are free. 

All Ages Welcome Live Entertainment Games and Treats

Proceeds from Bagpipes & Bonfire support LFOLA's mission to connect all to nature through outreach and land stewardship.

Thank you to
Diana and David Moore
2023 Bagpipes & Bonfire Chairs

We hope you'll join us on Sunday, September 24, 4-7:00 p.m., for this not-to-be-missed fall celebration supporting the work we do at Lake Forest Open Lands!

All Ages Welcome Live Entertainment Games and Treats

Patron and above guests enjoy a full dinner and open bar.

Proceeds from Bagpipes & Bonfire support LFOLA's mission to connect all to nature through outreach and land stewardship.

Thank you to
Diana and David Moore
2023 Bagpipes & Bonfire Chairs

Thank you for joining LFOLA for a beautiful evening on the prairie. This event annually brings our community together in celebration of the fall season and our love for the land! The Highland games were played with impressive athleticism and the Highland dancers jigged with abundant joy. The sky divers dropped in as a jaw dropping surprise, the pipers played their haunting melodies and the bonfire blazed as the sun set. 

We hope you'll join us next fall for this not-to-be-missed celebration supporting the work we do at Lake Forest Open Lands for our conservation community!

Proceeds from Bagpipes & Bonfire support LFOLA’s mission to connect all to nature through outreach and land stewardship.

We are no longer offering online reservations to the event. Please note, that we are taking Day of event walk-in: $75/adult, $35/child ages 6-17, 5 & under free.

PURCHASE NOW! Bagpipes & Bonfire Gift and other Underwriting Opportunities

Thank you to our 2023 donors, sponsors and chairs!

Please email or call 847.234.3880 x17 for further information or for sponsorship opportunities.

Please note that general admission has changed to a Ravinia-style picnic on the field. Bring your own food, refreshments, chairs and blankets to enjoy the festivities. If you'd prefer to pick up a picnic dinner on your way to the field "think locally"

We hope you will consider supporting and joining us this year at a patron level as detailed below:

• Special reserved picnic area for your own chairs and blankets;
4 gourmet picnic dinners;
Patron bar at event entrance, you are welcome to bring your own refreshments;
• 1 on-site parking pass;
• Up to 4 additional tickets available at a discounted price;
• Professional family photo taken at the event;
• Your name listed in the event program, on our website, in a post event electronic thank you and in the 2024 Annual Report.

• All of the above plus; access to a reserved special tented seating area with a signature full bar;
• Gourmet buffet picnic dinner for 6;
• Additional tickets available at a discounted price.

LIMITED AVAILABILITY! Please contact Leslie Davidson at or call 847.234.3880 x17 for availability and benefits.

- Presenting Sponsor -

- Gold Sponsors -

- Silver Sponsor -

- Special Thanks -

Knauz Auto Group

Mariani Landscape

- Media Sponsor, JWC Media -

Entertainment Sponsors
Brad and Jennifer Adams
Chris and Cathie Carolin
Michele Curley and August Hoffmann

Katie and Matt Frekko
Mark and Susan Goodman
Lake Forest Montessori

Paula and Jim Preschlack
Elizabeth and Shelby Pruett
Judith and Bruce Reid

Grand Tartans ($8,000+)
Anne and Stephen Bent
Court and Kristin Carruthers
The Claeys Family
Sue Dixon†
Connie and Tom Duckworth
Stephanie and John Harris
The Genevieve Hillis and Brian Kocinski Family
The Hunter Family
Ann and Greg Jones

Jamee and Michael Kane
Knauz Auto Group
Lake Forest Country Day School
John and Paula Lillard
Charlie Mills
Diana and David Moore
The Paul Moore Family
Susan and Bob Morrison

The Nagel Family
Negaunee Foundation
Northern Trust
Packaging Corporation of America
Brett and Shelley Paschke
Elizabeth and Shelby Pruett
Mr. and Mrs. Hartley Rogers
Robin and Sandy Stuart

Order of the Tartans ($1,750+)
Charlotte and Mark Ahern
Steve and Mary Baer
George Baldwin III
Jean Bauman
Joan Boughton and Henry Kleeman
Susan Bouma
Calvine and Charlie Bowen
Dennis and Maureen Brown
George and Alexandra Covington
Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Crawford Jr.
Joan, Spencer and Phoebe DePree
DiVinci Painters Inc.

Ron and Nancy Fletcher
Alice and Ren Goltra
The Goltra Family
Mary and Mark Hoffman
Anne Hunting
Ned and Lynn Jessen
Rob and Karla Johnson
The Robert Knight Family
The Lerner Family
Jessica Adele Madsen
The McMahon Family 
CJ and Heather Oates

Mary and Robert Pasquesi
Robin and Timm Reynolds
The Rother Family
The Rubinstein and Thuente Families
Melanie and Mike Rummel
The Sanderson Family
Scotty Searle
Tom and Lucinda Sheffield
Linda Shields
Alex and April Tompsidis
David and Pamela Waud

Patrons ($800+)
Brayton and Pim Alley
Caroline and John Ballantine 
Kevin and Liz Berrill
Sarah Blumenstein
Jackson Brown
Ray and Nancy Buschmann
Pete and Elyse Butler
Lynn and Patrick Canning
Joshua Clifford
Jim and Heidi Clifton
Kelly and Justin Cohen
The Joseph and Katy Collins Family
Mr. and Mrs. John H. Conolly
Nicole and Michael Curcio
The Dailey Family
John and Jill Danaher

Sylvia and Toby Davis
Mr. and Mrs. Richard R. Donnelley
John and Sheila Foran
Daniel and Gina Frank 
The Gedge Family
Otto and Gay Georgi
John and Gillian Growdon
Gay Grumhaus 
The Keck Family
Thomas Keim
Margaret and Jonathan Kelley
Rob and Kitty Lansing
Tracy Lee
Barbara and Larry Leffingwell
Duncan and Brooke MacLean
The Magliochetti Family
Senator Julie Morrison

Lord Riley & Lord Houdini Paldrmic
The Pannier Family 
Marc Phillips
Lt. Col. Morgan and Dr. Sherryanne Porter
Jim and Paula Preschlack
Judith and Bruce Reid
Katie and Michael Salgat
The Santi & Laabs Families
Debbie and Mark Saran
John and Susan Sentell
Adrian and Nancy Smith
Michelle and Chris Taubensee
Mr. and Mrs. William C. Vance
Florence Wheeler
Julia and Casey Wold
Tricia and Dick Wood
Marie and Andrew Woods

Special Thanks
Brad Adams
Charlotte Ahern
All Saints Chicago
Associate Board of Lake Forest Open Lands
Prue and Frank Beidler
Kara Bolton
Robert Boyle
Lisa Carlson
Chef Paul Catering
City of Lake Forest
Pierce Clair
Peter Clemens
Alex and Scott Close
Nicole Curcio
Spencer DePree
Didier Farms
Madison Engel
Melody and Shahab Fatheazam
Marshall Field
Jon Flusser

Katie and Matt Frekko
Susan and Scott Garrett
Toby Georgi
The Glattly Family
The Gorter Family
Chris Gould
Julie and Henry Greene
Charlie Hoffmann
Jennifer Karras Photography
John and Karen Krehbiel
Marcy and Stew Kerr
Derek Leggitt
Steve Lenz
Jill London
Matt Lunn
Mariani Landscape
Dr. Mark Mass
Eleanor Meeks
Montessori School of Lake Forest 
Kari Myers

Suzanne Myers
Oakwood Cleaners
Onwentsia Club
Honor Pickus
Sara and Louis Pickus
Maryann Pope
Shelby and Elizabeth Pruett
Samantha’s Event Linens
Cory Sexson
Barb and Pat Storey
T.C. Furlong
Trickster Cultural Center
Carrie Van Eyck
Zain Walton
Bob and Roberta Washlow
Barbara and Alain Wood-Prince
Marie Woods